IPFW professors to be published in International Journal of Diversity regarding U.S. Immigration issues

By Cris Marshall

Dr. Max Montesino, professor at IPFW, has co-authored a paper called “A Challenge to Diversity in the United States: Two points of view on Immigration Reform.” The paper was presented at the 8th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations in Montreal, Canada in June.

The conference “looks at the realities of diversity today, critically as well as optimistically and strategically. (It is) a place for speaking about diversity, and in ways that range from the ‘big picture’ and the theoretical, to the very practical and everyday realities of diversity in organizations, communities, and civic life.”

Montesino and Mitchell A. Sherr, J.D. were asked to write about what is happening with immigration reform here in the United States. Montesino says, “This is to let the scholars and people interested in diversity around the world understand our fight here...it will encourage scholarly discussion of the topic beyond politics - which is it’s main focus here now in the U.S.”

The paper states: “The current debate about immigration reform in the U.S. poses a huge challenge to this very diverse country. With an estimate of more than 12 million undocumented people living and working in the country (the size of the population of countries like Belgium and Ecuador), two distinct points of view have emerged as solutions to the program: a) an effort to discourage the illegal status quo of undocumented aliens through attrition, deportations, penalization of employers, rigid border control, tightening regulations to limit the availability of jobs to the undocumented, etc.; and b) an immigration reform that seeks to legalize the status of the undocumented workers already living in the country and their families. The first point of view (the call for punitive-only measures) is heavily influenced by the legal tradition of the country (rule of law). The second one (the call for a comprehensive immigration reform) is influenced by the economic realities created by the U.S. labor market.”

This phenomenon that is occurring in the United States right now was apparently not common knowledge to attendees of the conference from countries such as: Canada, many European countries, South Africa, and Australia. “The idea of 12 million undocumented people in our country was staggering to them since that is sometimes the size of their whole country,” says Montesino.

The very detailed account of what is happening with Immigration Reform has been submitted to the International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations and will be published worldwide. Next year’s diversity conference will take place in Riga, Latvia. A paper for that conference is already in process.

Dr. Max Montesino